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Benthodorbis pawpela (Smith,1979)

Diagnostic features

This species reaches 4.4 mm in maximum diameter and its granulose teleoconch sculpture is unique.

Classification

Benthodorbis pawpela (Smith,1979)

Class Gastropoda

Subclass Heterobranchia

Superfamily Glacidorboidea

Family Glacidorbidae

Genus Benthodorbis Ponder & Avern, 2000

Original name: Glacidorbis pawpela Smith,1979. Smith, B. J. 1979. A new species of Glacidorbis (?Hydrobiidae: Gastropoda) from Great Lake, Tasmania. Journal of the Malacological Society of Australia 4:121-127.

Type locality: Elizabeth Bay, Great Lake at 30m. Tasmania.

Biology and ecology

Known only from Great Lake, Tasmania, at depths of up to 30m. In soft mud.

Additional information on the biology and ecology of members of this family can be found in Fauna of Australia, vol. 5B, p. 1075-1076 and in Ponder and Avern (2000).

Distribution

Great Lake, Central Plateau, Tasmania.

Notes

This species is one of a small number of gastropods that are endemic to Great Lake.

This species is on the Tasmanian Threatened species list of Invertebrate Animals as Rare (small population at risk).

Further reading

Ponder, W. F. & Avern, G. J. (2000). The Glacidorbidae (Mollusca: Gastropoda: Heterobranchia) of Australia. Records of the Australian Museum 52: 307-353. 

Smith, B. J. (1979). A new species of Glacidorbis (? Hydrobiidae, Gastropoda) from Great Lake, Tasmania. Journal of the Malacological Society of Australia 4: 121-127.

Smith, B. J. & Kershaw, R. C. (1981). Tasmanian Land and Freshwater Molluscs. Hobart, University of Tasmania.